Whose Genizah?

October 02, 2021

The Secrets of NYT Racism

January 02, 2020

In publishing “The Secrets of Jewish Genius,” an opinion piece by regular columnist Bret Stephens, The New York Times demonstrated its commitment to free speech, at least for its stable of elite writers. That commitment means tolerating even the expression of extreme opinions that lack any...

Extremists Won’t Hinder Interfaith Dialogue

May 15, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought and interreligious dialogue at Temple University, Philadelphia. Interfaith dialogue is a necessity in our age. In a world suffering from armed conflicts, diplomatic standoffs and trade wars,...

As an Orthodox Jew in College, How Do I Survive?

April 02, 2015

How do you reconcile modern “hookup culture” and religious faith? In today’s culture, almost every film or novel has a romantic interest, with a happily ever after, hot-and-heavy or at least casual kisses. Physical intimacy is portrayed as the way to achieve connection and depth of...

In Search of Sonic Translation

December 06, 2013

Celebrating the legacy of the Judaeo-Arabic musical tradition in Essaouira, Morocco. "In the very beginning, there was a single element, a single body; today, there is the Orient and the Occident – the body separated, and each of the two parts is nostalgic...

A Matter of Faith

November 17, 2013

Faith itself is more important than the God that the faith professes to be in. Does God exist? No. I mean to say, certainly not. No indeed, not whatsoever, not a chance. It is irrational, preposterous, unintelligible. What could it possibly mean to say God exists? Outrageous....

Not a Peace Talks Article (Part 1/2)

November 03, 2013

An orthodox American-Persian Jew discovers that the road to peace is paved with rice and opera. This is the first of a two part series. Heading deep into the desert, from Ramallah to a small Palestinian village couched between the Judean hills, I can’t help but ask: “Who built this paved...

Somewhere Between the One and the Two-State Solution

September 10, 2013

Is a federation of Israel-Palestine the way forward? When it comes to finding an agreement between Israel and Palestine, there are two main currents: the one state solution or the two-state solution. Yehuda Schwartz, an Israeli citizen, believes in neither. Why is one state impossible? The answer...

The Middle East’s Forgotten Minority: Female Palestinian Citizens of Israel

May 30, 2013

As a minority within a minority, female Palestinian citizens of Israel face double discrimination: as women in a patriarchal society and as Palestinians in a Jewish country. Unfortunately, the situation of this minority has largely been ignored by mainstream discourses on women’s rights in...

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